Approximately 100 students, mentors, family, and friends came to the new Cancer Center at Illinois - located at the Beckman Institute - to celebrate the accomplishments of 24 researcHStart students. Guests enjoyed spending time learning about the summer research experience through a poster session and by oral presentations given by the students from the three host sites: the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. King Li, the keynote speaker, delivered an inspiring and engaging dialogue about the direction of medicine and cancer research. Each student was celebrated with a certificate of completion and a warm congratulations from the researcHStart program donors, Debra and Ira Cohen.
Pathways is a publication of the Cancer Community at Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each issue highlights the interdisciplinary and translational work being done within the community by faculty, staff, students, and external partners.
The Cancer Community at Illinois' third researcHStart summer program has just begun! Eight high school students from the surrounding Champaign-Urbana area are spending the next eight weeks working on cancer-focused projects. Students will be acquainted with their faculty mentors and projects during the first week, and progress to participating full-time in their respective labs. Over the course of the program, the students will have the opportunity to hear from various faculty members from the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Carle Foundation Hospital and learn about the impact the speakers have made in the field of cancer research. ResearcHStart students particpate in workshops and group discussions about research papers to grow their understanding of scientific research in an academic setting, and prepare them for a successful transition to a university. This year, students will also have the privilege of participating in a volunteer day at the University of Illinois at Chicago IMD Guest House, where they will prepare welcome bags, bake cookies, and write words of encouragement for guests. The program’s final symposium is scheduled for Friday, August 11, and will feature a poster session and presentations. The keynote speaker will be Dr. King Li, dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
The inaugural Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program Symposium, held on Monday, May 15, 2017, was a great success. Each of the TiMe students presented a summary of their research projects, followed by presentations from members of the External Advisory Board: Dr. David Beebe (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Dr. Peter So (MIT), and Dr. Bruce Wheeler (UCSD), and faculty preceptor Kris Kilian (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). We would like to thank all those who participated in the TiMe Poster Competition and congratulate the winners: Grand Prize: Sixian You; Runners-up: Shachi Mittal and Joanne Li. We also thank our primary sponsors: NIH T32 Award T32EB019944, the Cancer Community at Illinois, and the Beckman Institute for making the event a success. Additional thanks goes to the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI), College of Engineering, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.